Rohit Sharma overtook Martin Guptill and became the second-highest run-getter in T20I cricket. Opening the batting with Virat Kohli, Rohit scored 64 off 34 balls and added a 94-run stand with the Indian skipper. This is the first time the Indian skipper and Rohit opened the batting in T20I cricket. India ultimately scored 224/2 in the decider against England. Rohit hit a total of nine boundaries in his innings which included four fours and five sixes.
Rohit Sharma Overtakes Martin Guptill
Rohit Sharma was 40 short of overtaking Guptill’s tally of 2839 runs in 99 T20Is. Rohit now has 2864 runs in 111 T20Is. The Kiwi opener was at the 3rd spot before the start of the five-match series against Australia and went past Rohit after hitting 71 off 46 in the final game of the series. Meanwhile, India skipper Virat Kohli is the only batsman with over 3000 runs in the format. He went past the milestone in the fourth game against England.
Kohli ended the innings on an unbeaten 80 as Suryakumar Yadav (32 off 17) and Hardik Pandya (39 off 17) played cameos to take India well past the 200-run mark. Mark Wood and Chris Jordan went for more than 50 runs in their spell.
India dropped KL Rahul and included T Natarajan in the line-up to add an extra bowling option. Kohli lost his fourth toss of the series and was sent to bat by opposition skipper Eoin Morgan.
Meanwhile, Rohit is also less than 10 sixes away from clinching the top spot in the list of most sixes by a batsman in the T20I format. While Guptill is at the No.1 spot with 139 sixes, Rohit is second with 128, followed by Eoin Morgan (113) and Colin Munro (107). England are well on their way to track down the target with Jos Buttler looking good for a big score.